Since Kyauta had gotten back from Captain Nwanze’s place her mind had being grasped by countless thoughts. She was stuck in a mud; her legs were deep inside. What was she to do? Time was on the run. The day for Bala’s death sentence was getting closer; her mind flew back to the incidence,
Captain Nwanze: “Sit and let’s talk. Who knows I might be able to plead for him and he’ll be freed! Wipe your tears!” she wiped her tears sniffing, “So it’s going to be a case of scratch my back and I scratch yours. Ehm, “he sat on the table close to her as she stole looks, “my proposal is simple!”
“Warm bed in exchange for his freedom,” he stroked her cheeks and she jumped out of the chair again almost crashing into the door…think about it but don’t too long if not the head of your lover would be an art work on the wall of my office”
What was she to do? She got off the bed and leaned on her door with her hands on the hand,
Kyauta: “Oh,my God! I’m at a cross road!” her mind ran back to the discussion she had with Clement about his Uncle’s widow who had an elder brother ,a military officer in the city, “we can go through him then.”
she quickly got dressed and headed for Knayigbana
They were seated in the Village head’s palace just as they agreed; Clement, Shedrach, Solomon, Gognaje and a few elders. Henry wasn’t there yet. They all stood to greet the Village Head as he entered.
Village head: “You are very much welcome! Thank you for coming as agreed!”
They nodded their heads, “Where’s Henry?”
They all looked at one another; the village head called the attention of the only palace guard asking him to go fetch Henry. He left for Henry’s.
Clement and Shedrach exchanged glances,
Shedrach: “it’s possible that he is on the run!”
Clement: “You think he’d do that?”
Shedrach shook his head,
Shedrach : “ it’s possible!” they giggled.
The elders were whispering among themselves as the Village head sat lost in thoughts. Everyone was waiting for Henry.
Kyauta got off the bike of her cousin,
Theo: “Should I wait for you or I can go?”
They had gotten to Knayigbana.
Kyauta: “Just get going. I might get to the capital today help me tell mama and Baba!”
Theo: “Okay. All the best!” he zoomed off.
She didn’t know where exactly Clement’s house was. Ladies were coming from the stream ,
Kyuata: “Good morning,!”
They stopped and responded to her greeting, “please, I’m looking for Clement’s house.”
He was every popular person in the village so it wasn’t difficult knowing Kyauta was referring to him. They directed her to the house. One of them said,
“If you don’t see him there check the next compound; It’s his brother’s he is always there!”
When she got to the house he wasn’t there but she met a boy of six who took her to the palace.
The palace guard returned and reported what he had seen,
Guard: “Henry is nowhere to be found!”
“what!?” everyone screamed.
Village head: “what do you mean?”
Gognaje: “what kind of joke is that?”
Guard:” A neighbour said they had seen him last night going down the road with a bag and when they asked him he said he was taking some cloths for repairs at the village tailor’s workshop!”
Village head: “And?”
Guard: “I went to the workshop but he said didn’t see Henry,” itching his head, “your highness checking his room. The place looked swept. There was nothing there!”
The village had shook his head,Solomon did the same.
Shedrach whispered to Clement,
Shedrach: “I told you!”
Gognaje was in tears; his pain was he had maltreated his daughter unjustly. Clement and Shedrach stood up and left. There was no use staying. On their way to the house they met Kyauta,
Clement: “who am I seeing here?”
Kyauta: “Good morning, Uncle Clay!” they greeted with Shredrach and left them.
As they were walking down the road to Clement’s place,
Clement: “Any news about Bala?”
Kyauta shook her head, he sighed,
“That military man I told you of. That my in law…”
Kyauta:”…that’s what I’m here to discuss with you.”
Clement: “After our last discussion I left for the city and when I got there my uncle’s wife told me that her brother had been arrested. Some military officers planned coup to overthrow the present government, their plans failed and they were arrested.”
Kyauta placed her hands on the head and started crying. Clement tried consoling her.
There was total black out for me
Bala sat in his cell. It was noisy but he kept to himself. The stench of the place choked him but the thought of Kyauta was what kept him alive,
Bala: “I miss you, baby!”
He knew she’d be restless and worried.
The thought of his father and his younger sister, Kauna darted at him. He missed them too.
It was twelve thirty in the afternoon, she had just gotten back from Knayigbana .
Captain Nwanze was listening to the radio in his office. The news of the military officers who had attempted a failed coup made rounds,
Captain Nwanze: “Cowards! They want to overthrow our government?” he giggled, “Do they have the minds? Nonsense!”
There was a knock on the door,
Maku appeared and saluted,
Kyauta: “Kyauta is here sir!”
Captain Nwanze: “Let her come in!” he said excited.
Kyauta entered with a stern look, “Kyau-baby,” he stood up from his chair and walked towards her,
Kyauta: “Do we do it here?” she was unbuttoning her gown already; he rushed at her,
Captain Nwanze: “Noooo! I can’t have you here! No! You’re a special cuisine that can’t be eaten just anywhere,” he urged her to get dressed properly. She did, “It has to be in a special place; she had stopped her conscience from working- the mind was on hibernation.
Kyauta: “Where should I meet you?”
Captain Nwanze: “My place”
Captain Nwanze: “7, yes, 7pm!”
Kyauta: “done!” she fled out of the office.
Captain Nwanze was dancing around and singing,
Captain Nwanze: “I feel good, yeah! Yeah!!” he took a few steps of break dance back sliding to his chair, “I’m the man! I’m the fucking man!” he cackled, “I said it I know how to get these kind of girls! I said it,mehn!” he back slided to the fridge where he took out a bottle of beer and gulped it elated.
They were in Captain Nwanze’s room; he had undressed to just boxers with displaying his abs,
Captain Nwanze: “Can the party get started?” she was still standing fully dressed,
Kyauta: “Put off the light please!”
With no argument he jumped from where he was and put off the light; she shut the eyes with so much firmness and peeled off her dress from the body-tears stood in her eyes. Captain Nwanze couldn’t wait he made for her panties and took her to the bed where he tried kissing her but she shrugged him off. Tears ran down her eyes. Hurriedly, he pulled off his boxers and adjusted his buttocks, positioning himself in such a way that penetration wouldn’t be a problem.
For some seconds he struggled with his right hand in search of the path; she burst into tears as he tore into her with his piece of meat in glee he moaned.
As he bounced on and off, it was Bala’s thought that was on her mind; she scratched herself as he increased the pace. It was orgasmic for him but pure torture for her.
Kyauta was praying he jerks off already but it didn’t seem like he was close to the peak; he kept on making sounds that annoyed her, breathing heavily.
Like a creature of the wild he yelled like a tiger who had grasped its prey and he flung himself to the bed cackling and rubbing his tummy- he continued laughing. Kyauta was crying bitterly- she had betrayed herself and her lover. But she did it for a good cause. Captain Nwanze’s laughter irked her as she felt like choking life out of him. A thought came through her mind,
“What if he refuses to release Bala?”
She started breathing heavily like one who had asthma.
Was sleeping with Captain Nwanze the right thing to do? Do you think Captain Nwanze would release Bala?
Names have been changed to protect the identity of the narrator and other individuals in the story.
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